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Tiny homes can quickly turn out too cramped, resulting in claustrophobia. But when done right, these houses are a great way to live sustainably and affordably. The latest example of tiny home architecture done right comes from South Africa in the form of the lifePOD, designed by a team of architects called Collaborate000. They were assisted by product designers Dokter and Missses.

The designers took into consideration the local climate when creating this home, and came up with a functional, comfortable and affordable tiny home, which is both a dwelling and a lifestyle choice. The home can also be customized according to the owners’ wishes and specifications since the entire system is modular. It can serve as a primary residence, cabin, backyard office or guesthouse.

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The home measures 183 square feet, and rises up, rather than extending sideways. More units can also easily be assembled together to form a larger dwelling. The home features a lofted bedroom, which is accessible via a ladder. The downstairs area is separated into 2 spaces, namely the living/dining area, and a separate work/study or lounge area. One entire wall of the home is made of glass, which lets in plenty of light and works to reduce the feelings of claustrophobia. The home also features a cloth canopy covered deck, which extends the net living area considerably, though it is mostly only useful in dry weather.

Storage is cleverly incorporated into the transparent, glass door, mostly via hangers. By using light colors for the furniture and fixtures inside, the designers also managed to convey a greater spaciousness to the home. The roof of the tiny home is slanted, which would make it perfect for installing solar panels and take this home off the grid.

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Overall, this is a clever and spacious tiny home design, though perhaps it is mostly suited for warm and dry climates. The height of it also prevents it from being easily movable via truck, unless it is disassembled first.